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Local attorney files to run for president

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Rick Kraft (Submitted Photo)

Rick Kraft, a Roswell attorney, has filed the paperwork needed to appear on the ballot as a Republican candidate in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary in New Hampshire.

Kraft filed his declaration of candidacy Tuesday, according to a list of candidates on the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website.

In an interview Wednesday with the Roswell Daily Record, Kraft confirmed he officially filed a declaration of candidacy to get on the ballot. A date for the primary still has not yet been officially set.

A resident of Roswell since 1982, Kraft, 61, is an attorney and owner of Kraft Law Firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University School of Law. He also writes a column that regularly appears in the Roswell Daily Record and other New Mexico newspapers.

Kraft, who has never before run for political office, said he first became intrigued by the idea of running in the primary last fall, after he and his wife Tanya visited the New Hampshire State House in Concord, New Hampshire, and learned just how easy it is to get on the ballot.

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“I just thought it would be a fun thing to run for president. I told her then that I think I will put my name in,” Kraft said.

According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website, a person can run in either the Democratic or Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire if they file a declaration of candidacy and pay a $1,000 filing fee.

He added that he will campaign actively — not in person but through social media, such as a Facebook page that has already been created by his campaign. He does not plan on entering any other state primaries or caucuses.

In Wednesday’s phone interview, Kraft spoke of his purpose in running for president.

“I don’t have an agenda issue that I am trying to get through, it’s more of a bucket list-type thing,” Kraft said.

However, Kraft said he hopes that his candidacy will convince people to vote and become more civically engaged. He added that he thinks the political discourse in the nation has become too divisive.

“I practice law in the courtroom and we fight each other — we go to war in court but we are still respectful,” he said.

According to the list posted on the website of the office of the New Hampshire Secretary of State, Kraft and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente of San Diego, California, are the only candidates to have filed to run in the Republican primary.

President Donald Trump has not yet filed, though the Boston Herald reports that today, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit New Hampshire and file the necessary paperwork on Trump’s behalf. So far, 14 people have filed to run in the Democratic primary.

Candidates have until Nov. 15 to file to appear on the ballot.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.